Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 10th May 2018
Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Thursday 10th May 2018
After missing the first day of Chester’s May Festival because of riding commitments in France, I am looking forward to Ladies Day on the Roodee as I’ll be coming with my wife Vicky.
As I mentioned yesterday, Chester is such a great track to ride out and the atmosphere at this meeting is unbelievable. I’ve got four nice rides to look forward to and here are my thoughts on them and those races I’m not riding in.
I haven’t got a ride in the opening five furlong sprint where course specialist El Astronaute, who won at this meeting 12 months ago, will have to be better than ever to defy this higher mark and poor draw.
Charlie Hills’ A Momentofmadness is a horse I know pretty well and he may well take some catching from stall one.
2.25 Chester (Dee Stakes)
I’ll also be watching the Homeserve Dee Stakes (2.25) from the weighing room, but it looks like a really good renewal. Aidan O’Brien saddles both Kenya and Rostropovich, while in-form Charlie Appleby relies on Rastrelli.
However, I like the look of My Lord And Master who ran really well at Epsom last month and looks progressive.
Another Batt – 3.00 Chester
My first ride of the day is Another Batt for George Scott in the Abbey Logistics Handicap (3.00).
He gave me a lovely feel when third in the Free Handicap at Newmarket last time and I’m hoping he can go well here despite carrying top weight. We’ve got a nice draw in stall two, so I’ll be hoping to make that count, but I don’t want the ground to dry out too much.
There are too many dangers to name with the in-form Charlie Appleby’s Being There looking the obvious one.
Elidor – 3.35 Chester (Ormonde Stakes)
There are only the six runners in the Boodles Diamond Ormonde Stakes (3.35) where I ride Elidor for Mick Channon.
He’s a lovely old horse and I will take heart from the fact he ran well here on his only previous run at the track when third in this two years ago.
This looks a bit more competitive though, with the likes of Idaho and Muntahaa looking the obvious big dangers. Aidan O’Brien is a hard man to keep out of the headlines and Idaho will take some beating if back to his best.
With the Channon yard in such fine form, I expect Arcadian Rocks may take plenty of catching in the maiden (4.05) from stall one.
Although it does look a particularly competitive renewal.
Metatrons Cube – 4.35 Chester
My penultimate ride of the day is Metatrons Cube for Charlie Hills in the 12 furlong handicap (4.35). He is still yet to win a race but ran really well on his comeback a few weeks ago when third at Lingfield.
The step up in trip seemed to help him that day and he goes over even further again here. We’ve bagged a nice low draw and I’m hoping he can surprise some of the more obvious ones on paper.
Ghostwatch and Knightly Spirit will be hard to beat though.
Berrahri – 5.05 Chester
I end the day aboard Berrahri for John Best in what looks a typically competitive finale (5.05). He is a seven-year-old and I’m not sure there is a horse running at Chester all week with more races under his belt.
This will be his 71st start under rules and he is looking for his 11th career victory. Whether he can pull that off in a race as good as this remains to be seen, although he is 1lb lower in the handicap than when winning here last July.